Maggie Gyllenhaal says Heath Ledger was ‘on a whole other level’ on ‘The Dark Knight’ set

Maggie Gyllenhaal remembers Heath Ledger for his final and most iconic role. 

The 40-year-old actress co-starred alongside Ledger in the 2008 superhero flick, The Dark Knight, where she played Batman’s love, Rachel, and he played the villainous Joker. 

During an appearance on Wednesday’s Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, Gyllenhaal was asked by a caller about her favorite memory of working with the late actor, who died before the film’s release. 

"I remember coming to work and seeing him — that scene where the Joker throws me off a roof — and seeing him come in and start to do what he was doing, which was the first time I saw it,” she said of the method actor’s work. "I still think about this sometimes.” 

Gyllenhaal added that what Ledger did was unique for an actor in a blockbuster film. 

"It’s so hard to be good in a huge movie like that. It’s not about the acting, really,” she said. "It’s so much easier to be good in a little tiny movie where it’s all about you. To be amazing like Heath was in a movie that’s got explosions and huge stunt scenes and big sets is a whole other thing. I don’t know if anyone’s ever, ever done that as well as he did in The Dark Knight.”

Host Cohen marvelled at the star’s ability to command a scene and to prove his acting prowess in such a large scale production.

"It felt like that on set too. It was like, ‘Whoa, you’re on a whole other level,’” Gyllenhaal agreed. 

Ledger went on to posthumously win a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for the film. He is the only actor to have won an award in this category after his death. 

Maggie’s brother, Jake Gyllenhaal, also had a close relationship with Ledger after the pair co-starred in the 2005 film Brokeback Mountain, which earned them both Oscar nominations. 

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Actor Michelle Williams (L) dances on the red carpet with her fiance Heath Ledger (R), nominated as best actor for the film "Brokeback Mountain" at the 78th annual Academy Awards at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, California March 5, 2006. Williams is wearing a dress designed by Vera Wang and Ledger is wearing a Dunhill tuxedo. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson FOR BEST QUALITY IMAGE: ALSO SEE GM1E62O09V301
Heath Ledger and Michelle Williams at the "Vanity Fair" OscarS Party. (West Hollywood, CA)
Michelle Williams and Heath Ledger arrive on the red carpet. (Photo by Yui Mok - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
Michelle Williams, nominee Best Actress in a Supporting Role for 'Brokeback Mountain' and Heath Ledger, nominee Best Actor in a Leading Role for 'Brokeback Mountain' (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)
Michelle Williams, nominee Best Female Lead for Land of Plenty, and Heath Ledger (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 27: (L-R) Matilda Ledger and Michelle Williams are seen on October 27, 2009 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Christopher Peterson/BuzzFoto/FilmMagic)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 03: *** EXCLUSIVE*** Actor Heath Ledger with actress girlfriend Michelle Williams in Bondi Beach January 3, 2005 in Sydney, Australia. The pair were living in Australia and enjoyed a rare public display of their romance while overlooking cliffs in Bondi Beach, (Photo by Photonews International Inc./Getty Images)
BROOKLYN - MAY 23: (L-R) Michelle Williams and Matilda Ledger sighting on May 23, 2009 in Brooklyn, New York. (Photo by Christopher Peterson/BuzzFoto/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 27: (L-R) Matilda Ledger and Michelle Williams are seen on October 27, 2009 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Christopher Peterson/BuzzFoto/FilmMagic)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 22: Actor Heath Ledger and Michelle Williams attend the Australian Premier of Brokeback mountain at the Cinema Paris on the 13 January 2006 in Sydney, Australia. The Australian actor was found dead on his hotel floor in New York on January 22, 2008. (Photo by Mike Flokis/Getty Images)
Michelle Williams and her fiance Australian actor Heath Ledger arrive at the Independent Spirit Awards in Santa Monica March 4, 2006. Ledger is nominated for Best Male Lead and Williams is nominated for Best Supporting Female in the film "Brokeback Mountain". REUTERS/Fred Prouser
Actor Heath Ledger (L) speaks to actress Michelle Williams as they arrive at the 58th Annual Directors Guild Awards in Century City, California January 28, 2006. REUTERS/Fred Prouser
Oscar nominated actor in a leading role Heath Ledger, for his role in "Brokeback Mountain", and his co-star and fiance Oscar nominated actress in a supporting role Michelle Williams, attend the 78th annual Academy Awards nominees luncheon in Beverly Hills February 13, 2006. The Academy Awards will be given out in Hollywood on March 5. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
Michelle Williams and Heath Ledger during The 63rd Annual Golden Globe Awards - Arrivals at Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
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